Licensed in Israel
Hillel Langenauer Verified
Clinical Social Worker
Licensed in Israel
I am a sensitive and empathic therapist who understands the challenges involved in seeking out therapeutic help, both overall, as a human being, and, in particular, as a member of the religious community. I endeavor to bring this understanding to bear in making your entry into therapy as a couple or as an individual adult, adolescent, or child as effortless a transition as possible. Using care, sensitivity, and empathic challenges to growth, I strive to help my clients understand their selves, their predicaments, and how they can best alleviate stress, anxiety, depression, and unprocessed anger or challenging behaviors. I strive to engage the emotional experiences of clients using experiential modalities for which I have received certification, including Emotional Focused Therapy for couples (EFT trained therapist), and Internal Family Systems and AEDP for individuals (IFS Level 2 therapist and AEDP Level 1 therapist). For clients struggling with anxiety, depression, and OCD, I combine this work with the powerful interventions of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and Mindfulness. At all times, I strive to help clients to connect with their emotional experience, to widen their understanding in a way that enables them to deal with their challenges with greater ease, and to find the inner calm that comes from the emergence of self-empowerment and self leadership. With couples and families and in parenting work, I seek to provide a safe holding space in which insight, mutual healing, the flourishing of relationships can emerge. Before becoming a therapist, I was fortunate to learn for 12 years in yeshiva, receive Semicha from the Rabbanut, and serve as a rebbi to adolescents and emerging adults. After receiving my Masters in Social Work, I dedicated several years to postgraduate internships to increase my competency as a therapist. In these years, engaged in specialized programs for working with couples, children, and families, as well as programs through which I gained training in working with adults and children using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Short Term Psychodynamic Therapy, and Experiential therapies, such as IFS, EFT, and AEDP. I have worked in Hadassah Hospital's Outpatient Unit as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist treating clients suffering from a range of challenges, including PTSD, Depression, OCD, Anxiety Disorders, and ADHD. At Hadassah, I worked closely with my clients psychiatrists on our Outpatient Unit, and I learned the importance of appropriate collaboration of professionals who can work together to provide the best help possible for the client. I currently work with individuals, couples, and families in my private practice in Yerushalayim.
Wurzweiler Graduate School of Social Work
Internal Family Systems Therapist, Center for Self Leadership, 2015
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, Hadassah Hospital, 2016
AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) Therapist, The AEDP Institute, 2017
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist, ICEEFT (International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy), 2017
Telephone Counseling, Online Therapy
Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
Anxiety / Panic
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Couples / Relationship / Marriage Counseling
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Sexual Abuse / Rape
Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)Attachment-based family therapy (ABFT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the family's relationships and communication patterns. It is based on the theory that strong and secure attachments between family members are essential for emotional health and well-being. The goal of ABFT is to identify any problems in family relationships, enable family members to become more attuned to each other’s needs, and build a secure bond between them. It also helps family members to practice healthy communication skills, learn effective problem-solving strategies, and build trust within the family.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on how one's thoughts, feelings and behaviors are connected and can be changed. It is based on the idea that how we think (cognition) and how we feel (emotion) can influence how we behave. CBT helps people identify and challenge distorted thinking and replace it with more balanced thinking, leading to improved mood and behavior. ‘Homework’, usually containing practical writing exercises, is often completed by the client between sessions to reinforce the therapy. Examples of tools that practitioners often use are journaling, challenging beliefs, and mindfulness.
Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) is an integrative psychological approach that focuses on building compassion for oneself and others. It combines elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, evolutionary psychology, philosophy, and Eastern contemplative traditions. CFT is based on the concept that compassion is a fundamental human emotion that can be cultivated to promote psychological well-being. The goal of CFT is to help individuals understand and relate to their emotions in a compassionate and non-judgmental way. It encourages clients to develop a sense of self-compassion and understanding, and to use it to create healthier ways of living. CFT also emphasizes developing a compassionate relationship with others, and can help foster greater acceptance and understanding. The primary therapeutic technique of CFT is compassionate mind training (CMT). Some CMT tools that clients may participate in are appreciation exercises, mindfulness, and compassion-focused imagery exercises. These exercises promote compassionate motivation, sympathy, sensitivity, and distress tolerance within clients.
Emotion-Focused TherapyEmotion-focused therapy (EFT) is a type of psychotherapy that is based on the idea that emotions play a key role in a person’s mental health. EFT focuses on helping people to identify, accept, and manage their emotions in a healthy and productive way. The goal of EFT is to help people identify and express their emotions, understand how those emotions impact their behavior, and learn how to manage their emotions in a way that is adaptive and healthy. EFT is a research-based approach to psychotherapy that has been found to be effective in helping people manage a variety of mental health conditions. It has been used successfully in the treatment of individuals, couples, and families, as well as with groups. EFT is particularly beneficial for people who struggle with emotional regulation, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. It uses a structured approach to address the past events that may be causing current distress, and uses bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, to activate different neural networks in the brain in order to reduce symptoms of trauma. EMDR has been found to be effective for a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
Family Systems TherapyFamily Systems Therapy is an approach to psychotherapy that emphasizes the importance of understanding how the family functions as a whole, and how individual family members interact and affect one another. It focuses on how family dynamics, such as communication patterns, roles, and power dynamics, shape behavior, and how changing these dynamics can lead to positive change. Family Systems Therapy is a collaborative approach, where the therapist works with the family as a whole to identify and address areas of conflict and distress.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that uses the metaphor of an internal family of parts to help people gain awareness of how different parts of themselves can interact in healthy and unhealthy ways. IFS encourages people to become curious about their different parts, with the goal of helping them gain access to their true Self or core. Through this process, people can learn to recognize and care for the different parts of themselves, as well as develop compassionate understanding for the origins of their parts. A key principle of IFS is that each part within the person has its own positive intention and is trying to protect the person in some way. By understanding the positive intention of each part, the practitioner and client can work together to help the parts feel heard and understood, and to find more adaptive ways of meeting their needs. IFS has been found to be an effective treatment for a variety of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a form of therapy that combines cognitive behavioral therapy with mindfulness practices. It is based on the idea that our thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations can affect our mental health. MBCT helps individuals become aware of their thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations in order to gain insight and control over them. MBCT helps clients learn how to recognize their sense of being and see themselves as separate from their thoughts and moods. This separation can free the client from thought patterns in which the repeated negative messages may be dominating the client’s focus. After developing an awareness of the separation between thoughts, emotions, and the self, people in treatment may find that while the self and the emotions may exist simultaneously, they do not have to exist within the same dimension. The healing can take place when one learns how to interject positive thoughts into negative moods and thereby create a shift in mood.
Play TherapyPlay therapy is an evidence-based, developmentally appropriate form of intervention used to facilitate emotional, cognitive, and social growth in children. Play therapy is based on the premise that play is the child's natural medium of self-expression and can be used to assess and help a child work through difficult emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. The goal of play therapy is to help children develop the skills and abilities to navigate life stressors, and build self-esteem. During treatment, the therapist creates a comfortable, safe environment (a playroom) for the child to play with as few limits as possible. The toys in the playroom are intended to encourage the child to express his or her feelings and develop healthier behaviors. The child’s “play” with these toys serve as the child’s symbolic words, which may be difficult to express otherwise.
Psychodynamic TherapyPsychodynamic therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on the unconscious mind and how it affects behavior. It works to help people understand and work through past experiences and feelings that may be causing difficulties in the present. This type of therapy encourages individuals to explore their emotions, relationships, and behaviors in order to gain insight into their current difficulties. It can help individuals better understand themselves and their motivations, and gain insight into how past events have impacted their current lives. People tend to develop defense mechanisms when faced with challenges in life. Defense mechanisms may keep painful feelings, memories, and experiences in the unconscious. A few common defense mechanisms include: denial, repression, and rationalization. Psychodynamic therapists encourage people to speak freely about their emotions, desires, and fears. Being open may help uncover vulnerable feelings that have been pushed out of conscious awareness. According to psychodynamic theory, behavior is influenced by unconscious thought. Once painful feelings are brought forth and processed, the defense mechanisms are no longer needed and a person in treatment can start changing unhelpful patterns when coping with life’s challenges.
Relational PsychotherapyRelational psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on a person’s relationships with others and the dynamics between them. It emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship between the client and the therapist, and it explores the meaning and purpose of relationships in the client’s life. Relational psychotherapy seeks to understand how the client’s past relationships shape their current experiences and how the client interacts with others. The goal is to help the person develop healthier relationships and better communication skills so they can become more emotionally connected to others.
Schema TherapySand tray therapy allows a person to construct their own microcosm using miniature toys and colored sand. The scene created acts as a reflection of the person’s own life and allows them the opportunity to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and gain acceptance of self. Schema therapy is based on the belief that early maladaptive schemas form when emotional needs such as affection, guidance, love, shelter, and safety, go unmet in childhood. These maladaptive schemas, which can be described as ways that individuals interpret life events, can later lead to them making unhealthy choices, forming toxic relationships, lacking healthy boundaries or social skills, engaging in destructive behavior patterns, having a poor sense of judgment, and experiencing feelings of worthlessness or self-doubt. Discovering the origins of one’s unmet emotional needs and learning to create nurturing relationships through schema therapy can help people begin to build feelings of trust, self-worth and adequacy.
Mindfulness, AEDP, EFT